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Tag: Celebrity (11-20 of 243)

Mindy Kaling announces title for new book of essays

Clear some space on your bookshelf — Mindy Kaling’s second book of personal essays now has a title: Why Not Me?

In a chat with the Los Angeles Times (which you can watch in full; the book talk starts at 33:00), Kaling revealed more details about the follow-up to her 2011 book of essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). Why Not Me? will explore her world post-discovering everyone might be hanging out without her.

“So much has happened between the time I published my first book and now: The show; my mother passed away; so many of my friends have gotten married. I’m a godmother now, and a homeowner,” she explained. She said the book will give her the chance “in the most articulate way” to explain all of the headline-generating incidents of the past few years, including her magazine covers, the ethnicity of her television boyfriends on The Mindy Project, and — hopefully — a return of “Things I’ve Bought That I Love.” READ FULL STORY

Check out '80s-inspired cover of Amy Poehler's memoir 'Yes Please'

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The cover of one of the most anticipated books of 2014 is here.

Amy Poehler’s memoir-esque book was previously described thusly: “Her original twist on the conventional memoir will have universal appeal,” according to It Books. “An illustrated, non-linear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons, the book will be a unique and engaging experience from one of today’s most talented and beloved stars.”

Here’s hoping the Parks and Recreation star’s book will have chapters on Kaitlin and Joe Biden — and, of course, the full story behind the Palin Rap.

Check out a full picture of the very ’80s-looking cover below: READ FULL STORY

Take a first look at Jason Segel's first novel 'Nightmares!'

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We always knew that Muppet lover and Dracula musical writer Jason Segel was a giant kid at heart, and now he’s planning to tell stories directly aimed at a very young audience. The first novel from the former How I Met Your Mother star will hit shelves Sept. 9, and EW has the exclusive first look at the cover of Nightmares!. Read on for more on Segel’s own weird nightmares, the first screenplay he ever wrote, and his experiences reading Infinite Jest while preparing to play David Foster Wallace in an upcoming biopic. READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris wrote a Choose Your Own Adventure-style memoir

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In hindsight, readers shouldn’t be surprised that Neil Patrick Harris’ autobiography isn’t going to be the typical celebrity memoir. Still, a Choose Your Own Adventure-style tale is a fun surprise from the guy behind Barney Stinson, Dr. Horrible, and  — sorry Hugh Jackman — the best Tonys opener of all time.

Here’s the just-released book description: “In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht. Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

No word on if you get to choose to get naked on the cover of Rolling Stone. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! will be available Oct. 14, 2014.

'Hi doggie!': Hear 'The Room' star Greg Sestero read from his memoir -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT

When Entertainment Weekly first spoke to actor Greg Sestero back in 2008 the cult which surrounded his film The Room was still a small, mostly Los Angeles-based affair. Six years on, director-writer-star Tommy Wiseau’s fantastically awful film has become famous around the world and Sestero’s recent memoir The Disaster Artist – which concerns both the film’s production and his friendship with Wiseau — has been optioned by James Franco. READ FULL STORY

Rob Lowe shares audiobook excerpt and interview from 'Love Life' -- EXCLUSIVE

In the first installment of his memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe dished about his wild teen years as part of the Brat Pack. In his more grownup second installment Love Life, he’s no less forthcoming, spilling details about his time in rehab, his roles on two sinking-ship TV shows (The Lyon’s Den and Dr. Vegas), and run-ins with Madonna, Warren Beatty, and Kate Middleton. Check out an interview with Lowe about Love Life and an audiobook excerpt below! READ FULL STORY

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman to headline 'This Is Where I Leave You' BookCon panel -- EXCLUSIVE

Reasons to get excited about this spring’s first annual BookCon, which is sort of like Comic-Con, but for, uh, actual books:

1. Panel headliners include Amy Poehler, Martin Short, R.L. Stine, Stan Lee, and Cassandra Clare.

2. EW can exclusively announce that Tina Fey and Jason Bateman will also headline a panel, which will serve as BookCon’s kickoff celebration.

3. Tina Fey!!!

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On The Books: Jon Cryer's Memoir from 'Pretty in Pink' to 'Two and A Half Men'

Jon Cryer is writing a memoir, and I hope he makes it a diary from the perspective of Duckie. I would snap that book up. Sounds like Cryer has the right attitude about it though: “In these times of truly global crisis when fear is outracing hope, I think we can all be grateful that the guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink is writing a book. It’ll be filled with just what you’d expect from me; juicy tidbits on international monetary policy, catty comments regarding agriculture in Central Asia and of course, forbidden anecdotes about stamp collecting. And maybe I’ll talk about Charlie Sheen.”

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See the cover of Seth MacFarlane's first novel, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s rare enough for novelists to turn their own novels into movies, and it’s even rarer for a screenwriter to novelize his own script before the movie even comes out. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane wants to give you an early glimpse of his movie A Million Ways to Die in the West (out late May) — starring himself, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sarah Silverman — in book form (out Mar. 4). And unlike the novelization of, say, Attack of the Clones, which was written by a seasoned tie-in author, it’s written by the director-writer-star himself.

Check out the cover of MacFarlane’s debut novel above and the official description below: READ FULL STORY

Author David Grove talks 'On Location in Blairstown: The Making of Friday the 13th'

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Given the fulsome tributes which followed the recent death of Lou Reed many folks may now feel well informed about the rock icon. But did you know Reed lived right next to where director Sean Cunningham shot his horror film Friday the 13th?

“He did,” confirms author David Grove, whose new book On Location in Blairstown: The Making of Friday the 13th features this nugget of information, among many others. “They filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Blairstown, New Jersey, and the property was owned by a man called Fred Smith. He kept talking to the crew about his neighbor, Lou. And the crew said, ‘Who’s Lou?’ And they discovered it was Lou Reed. He came by during filming and he sometimes played some music.”

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